Stephen Collins Tells Katie Couric He Was Sexually Harassed When He Was Young

After publicly confessing to sexually abusing children earlier this week, former 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins sat down with Katie Couric on 20/20 and told her that he had been sexually harassed by an older woman when he was an adolescent. Collins said that the woman had exposed herself to him “quite a few times” when he was between the ages of 10 and 15. “I think that that distorted my reception in such a way,” Collins said. “It was a very intense experience, but I think somewhere in my brain, I got the equation of, well, this isn’t so terrible.” He says he doesn’t blame her for his behavior, though. “It’s not why I did it. I’m not blaming her,” he said. “That’s an aspect that went into my own distorted thinking as a young man.”

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Stephen Collins Says He Was Sexually Harassed